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The House of Mirth
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  • To his wife he no longer counted: he had become extinct when he ceased to fulfil his purpose, and she sat at his side with the provisional air of a traveller who waits for a belated train to start.
  • The house loomed obscure and uninhabited; only an oblong gleam above the door spoke of provisional occupancy.
  • It was bitter enough for Lily to ask a favour of Grace Stepney, but the alternative was bitterer still; and one morning she presented herself at Mrs. Peniston’s, where Grace, for the facilitation of her pious task, had taken up a provisional abode.
  • To give up her apartment, and shrink to the obscurity of a boarding-house, or the provisional hospitality of a bed in Gerty Farish’s sitting-room, was an expedient which could only postpone the problem confronting her; and it seemed wiser as well as more agreeable to remain where she was and find some means of earning her living.

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  • She will head the provisional government until elections can be held.
  • Some states issue a provisional driver’s license and require no moving violations under it prior to issuing a full license.

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